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Update: Leesburg’s Kyle Lambdin survives one round of talent search, but ousted in semis

Kyle Lambdin of Leesburg, aka Kylerok, singing “One Thing” by One Direction during his winning performance inthe first round of Kidz Star USA. However, he was eliminated in the semifinal round, taped in Hollywood in October and released online Wednesday. (Kidz Star USA)

Out of 50,000 applicants between the ages of 11 and 15, the 13-year-old Lambdin from Leesburg was one of eight picked to go to Hollywood for the final competition, judged by singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw and RCA exec Lindsey Cook. In the first round, “Kylerok” went up against little Jayna Brown of Laurel, and sang “One Thing” by One Direction. DeGraw and Cook selected Lambdin to move on to the next round in the episode, released only online last week. But then, in a SHOCKING twist, Degraw said he wanted Brown back, so they pulled her back from the parking lot and kept her in. Huh?

The same thing happened in another head-to-head competition, leaving six of the original eight for the semifinal round. The singers (and one rapper from Dallas) were paired up to arrange and perform a song. In the episode released Wednesday, Lambdin and 12-year-old Tina Siciliano from Lincroft, N.J., did a duet on ”Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars, with Kylerok both singing and rapping. But, scandalously, DeGraw and Cook picked neither of the two to move on. Later, they picked Brown from Laurel, who forgot the words to her song, as well as the Dallas rapper and a 15-year-old girl from Lee’s Summit, Mo., whose voice has already changed, unlike Kylerok’s. The final episode, awaited breathlessly here, will be released next Wednesday.

On Facebook, Lambdin thanked Siciliano, the judges and Kidz Bop and added, ”I will take what I learned from this experience and become better. Stay Tuned for more from KyleRok.”

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.


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